Zaka Ashraf reveals why wives of the players were sent with them on India tour

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Pakistan and India have not played against each other in a bilateral series since 2012. Pakistan toured India nearly a decade ago to play three One Day Internationals (ODIs) and two T20 matches.

The Men in Green won the ODI series 2-1 while, the T20I series ended in a draw. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was led by Zaka Ashraf during that time.

During an interview, the former PCB chairman made an interesting revelation about sending the cricketers’ wives with them on the tour. He said that the partners of the cricketers accompanied them to keep them away from any controversy.

During my tenure (as the president of the PCB) when our team went on a tour to India, I advised that the wives of the players will accompany them. The players made a slight objection but I said that their wives will keep a close check on the players. Eventually, everyone took it in a nice way and went to India,” Ashraf told Cricket Pakistan.

“Everyone remained disciplined as during previous tours, India would always try to trap us and tarnish the image of our players and country. This decision was taken so that no controversy could be created as Indian media is always on the lookout for that. So, we managed to avoid any controversy,” he added.

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